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Ghazni

 
Ghazni Conveniently close to Kabul, Ghazni used to be the capital of the empire of Mahmoud of Ghazni. He made raids all the way to Delhi and brought back the spoils of war to this city in the mountains. In the 11-th century the court of Ghazni hosted the best poets, musicians and scientist from the region. Don't expect to find any of that now. Afghanistan has a long history of wars of destruction and Ghazni has not preserved the palaces of its earlier glory....
 

Bamian

 
Bamian The Bamian valley is located in central Afghanistan. It lies northwest of Kabul, the nation's capital at an elevation of 2,590 meters. Currently the climate would be the main reason to come here - the Buddha statues have been destroyed by the Taliban. I'm afraid however that just the climate is not enough of a reason to risk your life. Bamian is first mentioned in 5th Century A.D. Chinese sources and was visited by the Chinese travelers Fa-hsien around 400 A.D. and Hsuan-tsang in 630 A.D.; it was by that time a centre of commerce and of the Buddhist religion. Two great figures of Buddha there dated from this period; the larger is 53 m high and the smaller is 120 feet. These statues were carved from the living rock...
 

Jalalabad

 
Jalalabad Jalalabad is located in the east of Afghanistan on the main road from Kabul the Khyber Pass and on to Pakistan. It is the capital of Nangarhar province and has a population of over 100,000 The city dominates the entrances to the Laghman and Kunar valleys and used to be a leading trading center with India and Pakistan. Before the turmoil in the country the city enjoyed some popularity as a summer resort because of its climate. It was a popular stop over in the 70-ies for over landers going from London to Kathmandu. The historical roots of Jalalabad go back to ancient times when it was a Greco-Buddhist center of Gandhara. Babur, founder of the Mughal empire of India, chose the site for the modern city, which was b...
 

Kabul

 
Kabul Kabul is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan. It is located in the Kabul Province, which is in the south-central part of the country and under normal circumstances it would be your best place to explore. Let's get to the point right away: Kabul is a dangerous city in a dangerous country, it should still be considered very much off the beaten track for non-Muslims or westerners. Unless you are a very adventurous traveler you have no business here. However, the city is not as dangerous for the people of neighboring countries or those from similar Islamic countries. The two things on your to-do list in Kabul are: visit the Kabul Museum and the Garden of Babur. Then you will want to make a day trip to the...
 

Kandahar

 
Kandahar Kandahar is the third largest city of Afghanistan which is located in Southern Afghanistan neighboring Pakistan. It was also the capital of Afghanistan before it was changed to Kabul in late 1700s. People in the city are mainly Pashtuns. Kandahar's history is long but is very interesting. In mid 1700s all pashtuns in the region after suffering under puppet Persian dynasty allied to destroy and demolish the monarchy and bring freedom to the region and so it happened after the Durranis from the west and Ghilzais from north and east attacked Kandahar they overthrew the puppet government. The whole Persian Army fled the region and went to Herat which is currently Afghanistan's third largest city. The Persian army's d...
 

Herat

 
Herat Herat is the second big city of Afghanistan. It is close to the Iranian border and there used to be a lot of cross border traffic. In the 70-s it was the place to enter Afghanistan for the hippies going to India. Enormous defensive walls and earthworks remain from ancient times. The Friday Mosque goes back to the 10th century. Nearby at Gazergah is a 1 000-year-old monastery and mausoleum. Herat is 645 km west of Kabul and apparently has the first women only university in the world. Nowadays Herat is the industrial pole of Afghanistan and probably its safest city....
 

Mazar I Sharif

 
Mazar I Sharif Mazar-i-Sharif is located in northern Afghanistan, close to the old city of Balkh. The name of the city means something like Tomb of The Chosen One. The main sight in town is the great Blue Mosque, Tomb Of Hazrat Ali, cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad. The tomb was covered with earth to escape the ravage of Genghis Khan in 1220 and remained lost until it was uncovered during the rebuilding work in 1480s. Please note that according to many (western) governments it is not safe to travel to Afghanistan. Although the country is very beautiful and travel will be very exciting it will also be quite dangerous. ...
 

Balkh

 
Balkh Balkh is located in northern Afghanistan close to Mazar-i-sharif. It is claimed to be one of the world's oldest cities and the legendary birthplace of the prophet Zoroaster. Alexander the Great reputedly founded a Greek colony here. The city later attained great wealth and importance as Bactra, capital of the independent kingdom of Bactria. In the early centuries A.D., Balkh, a prominent center of Buddhism, was renowned for its Buddhist monasteries and stupas. The Arabs came in the 8th century, and made it an important centre it became important in the world of Islam as the original home of the Barmakids. Under the Abbasid caliphate its fame as a center of learning earned Balkh the title mother of cities. The city...
 

The Khyber Pass

 
The Khyber Pass The Khyber Pass runs between Peshawar in Pakistan and Jalalabad. For people who want to see a bit of the pass, it is advisable to start from Peshawar, which is a lot easier to reach as a traveler and to turn back before the Afghan border. ...
 

Band i Amir National Park

 
Band i Amir National Park The lakes of Band-i-amir or Band-e Amir National Park is Afghanistan's first national park, located in the Bamyan Province. It is a series of six deep blue lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. Lie west of Bamian, in the centre of the Hindukush mountain range. Band-e Amir is situated at approximately 75 km to the north-west of the ancient city of Bamyan, close to the town of Yakawlang. Together with Bamiyan Vally, they are the heart of Afghanistan's tourism, attracting thousands of tourists every year and from every corner of the world. The Band-e Amir lakes are primarily a late spring and summertime tourism destination, as the high elevation central Hazarajat region of Afghanist...
 

 

 

 

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